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Super Reviewer
½ December 6, 2014
A solid film that intertwines four compelling stories loosed based on real events about the senselessness of violence, aggression and brutality, as well as people's obsession with it - which, as the film suggests, makes us not so different from animals, only perhaps worse.
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Super Reviewer
January 4, 2014
'A Touch of Sin'. A cold, unnerving social critique across classes in China. The direction sets the tone damn well!
Super Reviewer
September 3, 2013
Strong stories overpower the more mediocre ones in telling the tale of those left out of China's booming economy. The reactions are violent and jarring but nonetheless noteworthy
½ September 26, 2014
An interesting film with great direction and photography. I love to see films which depict life in other areas of the world and how they deal with life's challenges. A film worth watching.
April 17, 2014
A very realistic depiction of modern China, which isn't surprising since these are just fictional recreations of real-life events. Gorgeous cinematography too.
½ December 13, 2015
"A Touch of Sin" is a touch to bitter, bleak, and lengthy to be truly compelling, but the message Zhangke showcases here is a powerful one and a necessary one.
½ August 22, 2015
Beautifully shot bloody drama that doesn't gloss over tough lives of the Chinese people.
½ July 26, 2015
Harrowing and beautifully done. Some shots make you shiver, some make you cringe, most make you marvel at the mystery and complexity that is China.
April 23, 2015
breathtaking on every level. must watch!!
April 7, 2015
A beautifully shot Chinese film about four people that kill due to either paranoia, boredom, self-defense, or poor working conditions. Each character is intriguing and makes the audience understand the character before he/she starts killing. Sometimes slow, particularly in the second story, it's the films character development and cinematography that keeps interest. The social commentary is thinly veiled, but veiled enough that it doesn't distract from the stories. The social commentary reaches its peak with the brilliant last shot before the credits roll.
March 17, 2015
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½ November 21, 2014
Zhang Ke Jia is a Chinese Quentin Tarantino!
November 1, 2014
Ele fornece uma brutal visão de em uma nação conturbada, o sofrimento solitário de seus personagens, punidos ao ponto em que não aguentar mais.
½ October 19, 2014
A brilliant look at class struggles brimming to the point of violence and sin
½ June 24, 2014
One of the few non-vomit-inducing Chinese films; despite some unusual structural features, A Touch of Sin is sort of like Pulp Fiction or an arthouse western, only more directly sociopolitically relevant.
June 3, 2014
This is pretty much the opposite of a feel-good movie.
½ June 15, 2014
At once baffling and enticing, this film explores four characters who are pushed beyond their limits. Violence ensues for each, but in varying degrees and outcomes. Interesting animal symbolism and a somewhat scathing assessment of Chinese life will keep viewers pondering this film for awhile.
June 13, 2014
Due to it's strongly committed criticism of China's social and economic state, it stands as one of the harshest social commentaries in recent memory. Needless to say, Hollywood should really start taking down notes.
January 26, 2014
Toronto Film Critics Association Best Foreign Language Film Nom'


Inspired by true-life tales culled from the Chinese social media website Weibo, Jia Zhangke's attention-grabbing epic (which won the Cannes screenplay prize this time last year) teases together four disparate stories of people driven to violence by the purgatorial pain of their modern existence. Inflected by genre (the martial arts films of King Hu are evidently an influence), the film counterbalances its social-realist reflections on life under creeping neo-capitalism with depictions of cinematic splatter; whether it's a lonely misfit enraged by the unshared profits of a privatised mine, or an emerging Lady Vengeance striking back at the indignities of a brothel, you can rest assured that there will be blood.

The results are deliberately disorienting, with some fans of previous films such as The World and Still Life apparently alarmed by the stark (a)tonal shift of Jia's latest. Certainly, as a state of the nation document, it paints a poisonous picture of people pushed beyond the boundaries of civilised behaviour by the sickness of the circumstances in which they live. This is a world of corruption, violence and despair depicted in a manner that not only flirts with, but positively embraces, the cathartic pleasures of exploitation cinema. In China, the film's release has been delayed amid official worries that it might provoke social unrest; proof, perhaps, that Jia's scattershot approach has hit at least some of its targets.
May 28, 2014
It doesn't come together quite as well as I would have hoped, but that may improve on subsequent viewings. Regardless of that fact A Touch of Sin is still a remarkably beautiful and badass piece of film making. Zhangke is one of the best international filmmakers around right now, so I highly recommend any of his works!
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